Springfield Symphony musicians tap former music director Kevin Rhodes as artistic advisor

Posted on: July 14, 2022

“Kevin Rhodes, who led the Springfield Symphony Orchestra for 20 years, has been named artistic advisor of the … Musicians of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, or MOSSO,” writes Ray Kelly in Wednesday’s (7/13) Republican (Springfield, MA). “Rhodes’ contract was not renewed by the SSO Board of Directors in 2021, ending his tenure as music director since 1991. He returned to Springfield last October to conduct the full MOSSO ensemble in its first Symphony Hall performance, and will return again on July 21 to [conduct] music of John Williams…. MOSSO was formed by the symphony musicians last year during their prolonged contract dispute with the SSO board. Rhodes will assist the orchestra in building its repertoire for its Symphony Hall concerts and its chamber music performances throughout Western Massachusetts, according to MOSSO chair Beth Welty. ‘When his schedule permits, he may conduct and perform with his MOSSO,’ Welty said…. Three months ago, MOSSO unveiled an executive team headed by Douglas C. Evans, who was credited with turning around The Bushnell Performing Arts Center in Hartford as CEO before leaving in 2000.”